Ogbomoso, Oyo state. Olayiwola Elizabeth is a young and exceptionally gifted lady who has carved a niche for herself in the knitting and crocheting business.Olayiwola Elizabeth is a biochemist in the making. She hails from
Her creativity is like no other which is why Johnson Okunade and Adegboye Omotayo Theophilus from My Woven Words interviewed the sole owner of Beth Knit Wears.
What inspired you? Why are you into Knitting and crocheting?
I had my basic knowledge of knitting from my mum who is also into knitting. She inspired me, also, this made me develop a great interest in knitting and crocheting. As I grew up, I saw it as an avenue with which I can express my creative ideas.
Do you see it as a source of livelihood for a comfortable sustainability in the “Nigeria of today”?
It is a profitable job.
With hard work and consistency, it will not only sustain but grant one the capability to enjoy the luxuries of life.
Also, the lockdown has made quite a large number of people realize that being self-employed is the best.
Tell us more about your course of study, what prompted your studying the course, and is there any relationship between the course and your knitting and crocheting skill?
Biochemistry as they say is the bedrock and molecular basis of medicine.
It is simply the study of chemical reactions in living beings.
It involves the study of the structure and function of biomolecules(protein, carbohydrate, lipids, nucleic acid) that allows the growth and development of all organism.
By using chemical information and procedures, biochemists can understand and solve biological problems.
I discovered it has many prospects. Also, it is applicable in our everyday life as biochemists have been involved in the product and process we use daily.
There’s no relationship between the two.
As a student, how are you able to balance your work and studies?
I draft out a schedule which I strictly stick to, contained in the schedule is; when to read, when to work so as to meet up with orders, when to rest, and take a break as we know that health is of great importance. I manage my time effectively, avoid procrastination and see to it that multitasking doesn’t set in(One step at a time).
I set my priorities right so that one won’t affect the other.
Above all, God’s grace has been sufficient.
Was that the course you wanted to study right from time?
I wanted to study Nursing but like the case of many others, I wasn’t granted admission to study Nursing.
I decided to make do with what I was given.
If we rewind time, I wouldn’t even choose Nursing again.
In the future, do you see yourself delving fully into Biochemistry or knitting and crocheting or both?
I would love to get to the peak of my career.
Also thriving and making a name for myself in the Knitting industry.
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How would you rate yourself on improvements, are you getting better at knitting?
There is no end to learning. I can say I’m getting better each day.
Over the past few decades, knitting changed from being utilitarian to fashionable.
So I try to keep my business relevant in changing times. I ensure my customer’s needs are always being met.
My investment in books, online courses, and so on have been of great help.
What is your biggest achievement so far in your knitting work?
Having my own shop and being able to impart knowledge to others thereby making them self-dependent.
Being spotted and interviewed by this channel is that which must be mentioned being the first interview I’m graced with.
I personally take that as an achievement.
Do you have any regrets for delving into this profession of Knitting?
I don’t have any regret
What has been your source of strength and motivation?
My family and my drive to succeed
Do you have people working for you?
I have students who work for me
Do people approach you to train them?
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself at the peak of my career, owning a successful business….in a situation whereby ALL IS WELL WITH ME.
What advice do you have for people who admire your work and look up to you?
Consistent hard work leads to success.
Whatever your hands find to do, do it with your might. Greatness will come
Do you have an online presence?
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